This week marks the successful completion of six weeks with students back on Bryant University’s campus for academic programs in the classroom and a residential learning environment. Bryant stands out as one of the few academic institutions in the country with five weeks of programs delivered in the classroom and 90 percent or higher residency. This encouraging start for the fall semester provides a solid foundation for winter session and spring 2021.
From Thanksgiving through Jan. 25, 2021, between the fall and spring semesters, students may take one or two courses specifically designed for effective, condensed, and online delivery. The University will offer two fully remote sessions held Mondays-Fridays during this break: Winter Session Term I, Dec. 3-22, and Winter Session Term II, Jan. 4-22. This will give students the opportunity to accelerate degree completion and even take an extra course or two to expand their learning and interests. Tuition for Winter Sessions is reduced, at $2,997 for each three-credit course and $999 for a one-credit lab. Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Oct. 14 for seniors and at 7 a.m. Oct. 15 for all other students.
For the spring 2021 semester, Bryant will build on the success of the HyFlex instruction offered this fall. To continue the safe and healthy environment on campus, spring classes will follow the same mix of de-densified in-person instruction, HyFlex hybrid on site/online, or all online, depending on the class. First-year-predominant classes will meet regularly in person and less than 5 percent of classes will be fully remote.
The spring semester will begin with one week of fully online classes held Monday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 5. Students will return to campus on a carefully coordinated and staggered schedule, in accordance with prevailing best practices for public health, from Saturday, Feb. 6, through Monday, Feb. 8. Class instruction will begin on campus Tuesday, Feb. 9, and continue through Friday, May 7. Final exams are scheduled for May 10-17.
Bryant’s modified academic calendar for spring is designed to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 due to a resurgence. The new schedule ensures that all spring semester requirements related to instructional hours are met, and personalized interaction with faculty and staff maintained, while addressing health and safety concerns.
The Bryant University annual Research and Engagement Day (REDay), set aside to recognize and share scholarship in the Bryant community, will be held on Wednesday, April 21. All class meetings are cancelled that day in order for the entire Bryant community to participate.